BLACK JERSEY SCRIMMAGE - DAY 8 NEWS & NOTES

I think it's always tough to evaluate an intra-squad scrimmage since the #1's sometimes go against the #2's, and players get mixed and matched a lot. Instead, I like to look at the playmakers. Here's what I saw Friday, but I did miss the first 2 series.

 

COACH DANTONIO VIDEO INTERVIEW

 

Offense

-Kevin Lovell showed the strongest leg of the kickers and got the majority of the kicks. Kevin was 6of 8 on field goals, by my count, and hit those kicks from 25 to 42 yards out, but he also had 2 kicks blocks, one was a PAT. Since one of his field goals was blocked, essentially he missed only one field goal. It was a 35 yarder.

-Carlos Simpson showed off some moves but did fumble once while getting his YAC.

-Antwuan Giddens turned a short swing pass into a 20 yard gain.

-Tony Pike did not play.

-Todd Spitzer hit Carlos Simpson with a nicely thrown 17 yards TD pass.

-Very few penalties for the offense. Straub and Reinstatler were the only two to get hit with offside penalties.

-Dustin Grutza had a few nice throws for good gains. He hit Ernie Jackson for a 25 yarder. Grutza also hit Brent Celek for a 94 yard TD pass. In the 2 minute drill at the end of the scrimmage, he hit Derick Ross for a 35 yarder .

-Steve Eastlake is still recovering from a shoulder problem and did not play.

-Mike Daniels had a nice day running the football including a nifty 7 yard TD run.

-Bradley Glatthaar got some tough yards. He got Haruki Nakamura with a big hit and later scored a TD on the final series in a short yardage situation.

 

Defense

-Jordan Roth, Jon Newton, D'arrell Brown, and Jamie Wimmer seemed to rotate at DT for the #1 defense.

-Adam Roberts had a nice scrimmage with two and 1/2 tackles for loss/sacks.

-Antoine Horton played extremely well on special teams. He blocked a Lovell field goal, and Walter Dudley scooped and scored. Horton also later returned a blocked PAT for the 2 point conversion for the defense. I couldn't tell if Horton blocked the kick or Dom Ross.

-I thought the tackling was pretty good today.

-Jon Newton played well with 1 1/2 TFL/sack.

-Dominic Ross also did some good things with a half sack.

-Nick DeFilippo was very active at LB. He picked off a batted Nick Davila pass and also sacked Davila once.

-Ryan Manalac had a sack of Grutza.

-Angelo Craig recovered the Carlos Simpson fumble.

-Johnny Zwitt sacked Todd Spitzer and had a TFL of Ferguson.

-Tony Carvitti played well too and had a TFL.

-Kevin McCullough also had a sack of Grutza.

-Haruki Nakamura and Dominic Ross each were called for pass interference.

 


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